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Keyes named Maryland All-State First Team

December 23, 2013---North Hagerstown's Isaiah Keyes became the first Hubs football player named to the Maryland All-State Football First Team since Todd Staley made the consensus team in 1972. Keyes was named to the 2013 Maryland Big School First Team as a defensive back.

The Hubs senior had a banner year and set numerous school records this season---including a state record---five defensive touchdowns. The five defensive TDs ranked third all-time in the nation for a single-season. Keyes had 1394 rushing yards, 23 overall touchdowns and 10 INTs in only nine games.

Seniors Matt Ritter and Aaron Miller and junior Aaron Dopson were honorable mention all-state.



2013 Awards

Isaiah Keyes, Senior   Matt Ritter, Senior   Preston Carey, Junior
Maryland All-State Big School, First Team, DB   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, First Team, Guard   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, First Team, Recv
Herald-Mail Defensive Player of the Year   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, First Team, DT   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, First Team, CB
All-County Defensive Player of the Year   All-Herald Mail, First Team, Guard   All-Herald Mail, First Team, Recv
All-MVAL Antietam Conf, First Team, RB   All-Washington County, First Team, Guard   All-Washington County, First Team, Recv
All-MVAL Antietam Conf, First Team, Safety   All-Washington County, First Team, DL   All-Washington County, First Team, CB
All-Herald Mail, First Team, Safety        
All-Washington County, First Team, RB        
All-Washington County, First Team, Safety         


Aaron Miller, Senior   Mark Grunberg, Senior   Aaron Dopson, Junior
All-Herald Mail, First Team, OL   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, First Team, Kicker   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, First Team, DE
All-Washington County, First Team, OT   All-Washington County, First Team, Kicker   All-Herald Mail, First Team, DL
All-MVAL Antietam Conf, Second Team, OT   All-Herald Mail, Second Team, Kicker   All-Washington County, First Team, DL
All-Washington County, Second Team, DL        
All-MVAL Antietam Conf, Honor Ment, DE        


Jeremy Lum, Junior   Austin Stone, Senior   Raughn Carter, Junior
All-Washington County, First Team, MLB   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, Second Team, MLB   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, Second Team, OLB
All-MVAL Antietam Conf, Second Team, MLB   All-Washington County, Second Team, MLB   All-Washington County, Second Team, OLB
All-Herald Mail, Second Team, LB   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, HM, FB   All-Herald Mail, Second Team, LB
    All-Washington County, HM, FB    


Alex Pickett, Senior   Bobby Brennan, Senior   Jared Boppe, Sophomore
All-MVAL Antietam Conf, Second Team, DT   All-Herald Mail, Second Team, CB   All-Washington County, Second Team, C
All-Washington County, Second Team, DT   All-Washington County, Second Team, CB   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, HM, C
All-Herald Mail, Second Team, DL   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, HM, CB    
    All-Washington County, HM, QB    


Calvin Bembry, Junior   Nick Karlen, Senior   Crosse Barvinchack, Senior
All-Washington County, Second Team, OLB   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, HM, QB   All-Washington County, HM, TE
All-MVAL Antietam Conf, HM, OLB   All-Washington County, HM, QB   All-MVAL Antietam Conf, HM, TE







Smith, South hold off Hubs, 34-27

Isiaha Smith has scored 79 touchdowns in his prep career.

He never showed more emotion after a score than Friday night after scoring his 78th.

The South Hagerstown senior dived across the goal line on a 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and quickly jumped to his feet, pumping both fists before calmly handing the ball to an official.

The score gave the Rebels a 28-20 lead, and Smith tacked on another touchdown run later in the fourth to lead South to a 34-27 win over North Hagerstown in the Gridiron Classic at Mike Callas Stadium.

It was an unusual show of excitement for Smith, who has become known for quietly going about his business and allowing his numbers to speak for themselves.

“It’s the North-South game and that score put us back up,” Smith said. “That was a big touchdown. Last year’s loss (to North) really hurt. We wanted to come in here and redeem ourselves this year and go into the playoffs on a win.”

The numbers for Smith speak volumes. He gained 325 yards on 37 carries and scored four times to give South its second win over the Hubs in three years. It also wrapped up the MVAL Antietam title for the Rebels (9-1, 6-0) and solidified their berth in the Maryland Class 3A West playoffs — their first postseason bid since 2002.

The touchdown capped a 96-yard scoring drive for the Rebels. Smith carried the ball nine times in the 12-play possession and South was also helped along by a 15-yard face masking penalty and an unsportsmanlike conduct call against the Hubs.

South coach Toby Peer was just fine with Smith’s display of emotion.

“I liked it, I liked it,” said Peer. “I liked it because it leads our team, it gives them energy and it gives them excitement. That’s what it’s all about.”

Smith’s fourth touchdown — a 38-yard burst off the left side of the line — gave South a 34-20 lead with 6:19 left in the fourth quarter. It was the only time in the nip-and-tuck game that either team led by more than a single score.

But North (6-4, 4-2) battled back, going 80 yards in just under 4 minutes to cut the deficit to seven points. Austin Stone converted an important third-and-1 play into a first down and then caught a 20-yard pass from Nick Karlen to keep the drive going.

On third-and-6 from the South 20, Karlen fooled everybody with a fake handoff to Isaiah Keyes, then rolled to his left on the bootleg for a touchdown with 2:34 remaining.

The Hubs attempted an onside kick, but the ball rolled out of bounds, giving South the ball at its own 46. The Rebels tried to run out the clock, moving the ball all the way down to the North 14 before turning it over on downs with 25 seconds left in the game.

Karlen was under intense pressure from a three-man rush and threw incomplete on three straight plays. He completed a fourth-down pass to Preston Carey, who made a short gain as time ran out.

North ran the ball effectively in the first half and had little trouble moving right down the field on the game’s first possession. Keyes saw most of the action, carrying six times to get the ball inside the South 30. Once there, it was Stone who got the call, breaking a big run on a quick opener before punching it in on the next play from the 8.

Smith’s night started off auspiciously as he fumbled on his second carry at the Hubs 19. North’s Aaron Miller scooped the ball up and returned it all the way to the South 13. But South’s defense tightened up and Mark Grunberg’s 27-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright and fell wide.

South took advantage of the break. Smith carried four times to move the ball from the Rebels 20 all the way to the North 6. Josiah Johnson scored from there to tie the game at 7.

The Rebels got the next break when Keyes lost a fumble at the South 38. Smith again carried the load and scored his first touchdown of the night on an 8-yard run to make it 14-7 South.

North answered with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Karlen to Bobby Brennan to tie it at 14 before Smith grabbed the lead back with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Keyes reached the end zone on a 10-yard run with 42 seconds left before halftime, but Johnson blocked the PAT as South held a 21-20 lead at halftime.


Hubs have record setting day in 55-14 win over Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Md. — North Hagerstown wasted little time getting on the scoreboard Saturday afternoon, as the Hubs rolled to a 55-14 MVAL Antietam Conference victory over Brunswick.

On the very first play of the game, North’s Isaiah Keyes intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for a score to continue his assault against enemy quarterbacks.

Keyes had two interceptions in the game to give him 10 this season — including five that he’s returned for touchdowns. He also scored from 2 yards out in the fourth quarter, when the Hubs (6-3, 4-1) put up four scores to pull away.

Keyes finished with 160 all-purpose yards, including 87 on the ground and another 48 through the air, to set the school single-season mark of 2,081 all-pupose yards. He passed Anthony Winter as the Hubs’ career leader in touchdowns (43) and points scored (260).

Keyes was not the only record-setter, as Preston Carey scored four touchdowns, including the longest run from scrimmage in school history at 97 yards.

Carey appeared likely to be tackled in his own end zone by Brunswick (3-6, 2-3), but squirmed his way free and busted away down the left sideline.

Carey’s other scores came from 3 and 10 yards on the ground and on a 14-yard pass from Nick Karlen.

Other leaders defensively for North were Jeremy Lum, who had 16 tackles from his middle linebacker spot, and Bobby Brennan, who had an interception.

Austin Stone picked up 98 yards on nine carries and scored twice for North, from 45 yards in the first quarter and from the 8 in the fourth to finish the scoring.

Hubs smash Smithsburg, 41-2


As it turned out, Smithsburg had only one chance to get the upper hand on North Hagerstown in Friday night’s MVAL Antietam football game.


When North fumbled away the opening kickoff, Smithsburg was sitting at the Hubs 44-yard line. But the Leopards went four-and-out, gaining just three yards.


From that point, it was all North Hagerstown as the Hubs torched Smithsburg in the first half and went on to a 41-2 victory at Mike Callas Stadium.


When the Hubs took over, they were guilty of a 5-yard penalty. But on the first offensive play, Isaiah Keyes outjumped a defender downfield and finished off a 64-yard reception from Nick Karlen. Mark Grunberg added the first of five PAT kicks.


North (5-3, 3-1) showed it wasn’t going to take much time to produce on offense.


At the 7:17 mark of the opening stanza, Calvin Bembry ran 61 yards off left tackle for a score.


With 6:20 left, Preston Carey stepped in front of a pass by Dylan Curtis and ran it back 48 yards for a score and a 21-0 lead.


With two minutes left, North needed a whopping four plays to go 51 yards, topped off by Keyes’ 10-yard score.

The rout continued in the second quarter when North took three plays to score from 88 yards. It all came on third down, when Keyes hooked up on an 88-yard catch-and-run from Bobby Brennan.


On their next possession, the Hubs ran six plays, with Keyes taking a pitchout from Brennan and scoring from 46 yards.


That was Keyes’ 12th rushing TD of the year and gave him 31 for his career, becoming North’s all-time leader.

Keyes has 20 touchdowns this season, which include four by reception and four interception returns.


“I thought Williamsport, when we played them, was big, but North was much bigger up front and that’s where they won,” said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. “It looked like they had 70-80 pounds a man up on us.”


North coach Dan Cunningham filtered in reserves throughout the entire second half, which was appreciated by Orndorff. The half was played under a running clock.


Not until the final minutes of the game did Smithsburg (1-7, 0-4) get on the board when the Leopards blocked a punt that trickled out of the end zone for a safety.


“That was nice we didn’t get shut out,” Orndorff said. “We played better ball in the second half. You just can’t emulate in practice the speed they have.”


North ran only 24 plays, totalling 370 yards — 18 yards per play. Keyes finished with 119 rushing yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 152 yards.


“We won the war up front,” said Cunningham, who was anxious to get last week’s eight-fumble debacle out of his mind. “Smithsburg didn’t quit.”


Senior Matt Sprecher replaced Curtis at quarterback late in the second quarter and finished as the top rusher for the Leopards with 55 yards on 13 carries. He also completed two passes and caught one pass for 17 yards from Curtis.

“It was nice for Matt, as a senior, to get to play some quarterback,” Orndorff said. “He was our triple threat.”


Smithsburg ended with 142 yards rushing on 49 efforts. Dalton Condo, after running 33 times last week, was keyed on by North, which held him to 29 yards on 17 carries.

Boonsboro grinds past JV Hubs, 36-27

October 23, 2013---Boonsboro rushed a mind boggling 63 times for 396 yards and had 428 yards of total offense in a 36-27 victory over the North Hagerstown JV Hubs on Wednesday evening.

The Hubs took a 13-12 lead into the locker room, but the Warriors outscored the JV Hubs 24-14 in the second half.

North was playing without offensive leader Malik Carey, so the JV Hubs got production out of others. Darian Robinson led the JV Hubs with 125 yards rushing and scored two TDs, while Marqui Hoffman added a rushing TD, and Corey Hart caught a TD pass from Jesse Hall.

The JV Hubs lost starting QB Hoffman and defensive lineman Shane Wilson to injury in the second half, then had two more starters helped from the field.

The North offense managed 313 yards of total offense. Cody Michael added 54 yards on the ground, Hart had 53 yards receiving yards, and Skylar Glotfelty had 35 receiving yards.

Freshman Michael Stevens had a monster game on defense with 18 tackles, two sacks, a TFL, and a fumble recovery. Corey Hart had 13 tackles, Taylor Pantaja and Hall had 10 tackles, and Kellar Covington and Darren Guillaume had nine tackles. North had an unbeleivable 116 team tackles, including 76 solo.

The JV Hubs fall to (4-3) and will close the season next Wednesday against South Hagerstown.



Hubs turn it over to Catoctin, 35-13

THURMONT, Md. — The North Hagerstown football team may want to consider taking a class in etiquette. Apparently, they’re not aware it’s the host that is supposed to be generous.

The visiting Hubs fumbled the ball eight times, and lost five of them, handing Catoctin a 35-13 MVAL Antietam victory Friday.

The Cougars did their part, committing 12 penalties for 96 yards, and throwing a pick-6, but that wasn’t enough to compensate for North’s kindness.

Isaiah Keyes got the ball rolling for North (4-3, 2-1), when his second fumble of the game — recovered by Peyton Laramore — resulted in a five-play, 47-yard scoring march for Catoctin, with Laramore finding Corey Jochim on a 25-yard pass with 10:39 left in the second quarter.

Laramore connected with Jochim again less than six minutes later on a 60-yard strike down the sideline for a 14-0 Catoctin lead.

Ethan Shriner pounced on a Colton Wilkins fumble two plays later, and the Cougars (4-3, 2-1) made it 22-0 with 2:44 left in the half. Again, Laramore hit Jochim on a 26-yard pass to set up a Zachary Jones 1-yard run.

Laramore completed five passes to Jochim in the game for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, junior tailback Shawn Herman did his part, gaining 125 yards on 22 carries for Catoctin.

True to form, North attempted a 37-yard field goal at the end of the half, but fumbled the snap.

Preston Carey got the Hubs on the scoreboard with 8:22 left in the third period, when he intercepted a Laramore pass and raced down the right sideline 74 yards to close the gap to 22-7.

But the Cougars responded by marching 66 yards in nine plays, with Laramore hitting Mark Speak for a 6-yard strike and a 28-7 lead.

Catoctin added another score, after a short punt gave them possession on the Hubs’ 36. Five plays later, Jones made it 35-7 on a 5-yard run.

Not until Bobby Brennan took over at quarterback did the North offense show much life. The senior marched his club 83 yards on six plays, capped by a 15-yard pass to Keyes.

The Hubs finished with just 188 yards of total offense, while Catoctin amassed 378 yards.

Hubs junior linebacker Jeremy Lum had 20 tackles in the loss.



JV Hubs use air raid to clip Leopards, 28-14

October 16, 2013---Marqui Hoffman threw for 193 yards and two TDs and Jesse Hall added another 32 yards in the air and a TD to lead the North Hagerstown JV Hubs to a 28-14 victory over Smithsburg on Wednesday evening at Callas Stadium.

Corey Hart had two spectacular touchdown grabs, including one at the end of the first half with no time on the clock. Malik Carey led the North offense with 141 total yards, four receptions, 79 yards receiving, and a TD.

Hart had three catches for 66 yards, while Chris Smith had two recpetions for 38 yards, and Michael Stevens had a TD grab.

Hall led the defense with 11 tackles, Michael Stevens had 10 tackles, Taylor Pantaja added nine tackles, and Darren Gulliume, Shane Wilson, Billy Hatcher, and Kellar Covington had seven tackles each. Hall added a fumble recovery in the win.

The JV Hubs improve to (4-2) and will travel to Boonsboro next Wednesday to face the Warriors. Boonsboro defeated the Hubs 36-28 earlier in the season.

Middletown defeats Freshman Hubs, 41-8

October 16, 2013---Jackson Clement caught a TD pass from Elijah Gatewood in a 41-8 defeat to Middletown on Wednesday afternoon. Ronnie Walker added a two-point conversion in the loss.

The Freshman Hubs fall to (1-3) and will have a week off before closing the season against South Hagerstown on October 30 at home.




Keyes' five TDs lead Hubs past Warriors

By MARK KELLER Posted on October 11, 2013

Isaiah Keyes does lots of damage to North Hagerstown’s opponents when he gets his hands on the ball offensively.

Now he’s proving to be just as dangerous defensively, too.

Keyes intercepted three Boonsboro passes Friday night — giving him a Washington County-best eight picks for the season — and returned two of them for touchdowns in the Hubs’ 42-7 victory over the Warriors in an MVAL Antietam Conference game at Mike Callas Stadium.

“He’s a special kid. There’s no words to explain it,” said North coach Dan Cunningham. “He’s such a great athlete. He can do anything. If he gets in the open field, he’s scary.”

Keyes was in the open field a lot on Friday. In addition to his defensive exploits, Keyes ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. His rushing total puts him over 1,000 yards for the season and — for the second week in a row — he tied a school record with five touchdowns in a game.

While Keyes put the bulk of the points on the board, the North defense worked in tandem to help the Hubs (4-2, 2-0) build a 28-0 halftime lead.

Boonsboro (4-2, 2-1) managed just 68 yards offensively and one first down in the first half. About half of that yardage came on a single play, a 37-yard run by Trevor Walsh.

“In a series, we’d have two decent plays and then we’d have a play where they got us on one and we’d be behind schedule,” said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. “It was tough for us. I’m proud of our effort. Our execution? You know ... Our 25 (players), I’m not ashamed of their effort. We were just a little outmatched.”

Keyes established himself as the difference maker early in the game. He kept the Hubs’ opening drive alive with a 9-yard gain on a fourth-and-8 play at the Boonsboro 24.

After a shotgun snap flew over the head of quarterback Nick Karlen and resulted in a 20-yard loss, Keyes came to the rescue by gaining 24 yards on the next play, then capping the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.

Following the first of three consecutive three-and-outs by Boonsboro, Keyes carried four times on a five-play drive — the last a 73-yard dash that gave the Hubs a 14-0 lead and started them on the way to the rout.

“We made our presence felt up front early,” Cunningham said. “It’s easy for some of the guys to get the big chunks of yards, but Isaiah seems to just break the big one and put the defense in bad situations all the time.”

Keyes scored on an 18-yard run and Preston Carey added a 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Hubs the 28-0 halftime edge.

Boonsboro went to the air in the second half to try and mount a comeback, only to be turned away by the Hubs and Keyes.

The Warriors moved into North territory on a 25-yard run by Ethan Foster. But on the next play, quarterback Jeff Bennett rolled out and fired downfield into the hands of Keyes.

Later in the third, Bennett had another pass swiped by Keyes, who sidestepped one tackle before kicking into high gear and splitting the defense for a 67-yard return for a touchdown. The fifth of Mark Grunberg’s six point-after kicks activated the running clock with 1:30 left in the third quarter.

Three plays into Boonsboro’s next drive, Keyes got his second pick-six when he intercepted Devin Griffith’s pass and took it 42 yards for a score.

“Our quarterbacks, they need not ... they were two bad balls, that’s all I can tell you,” Anders said.

The Warriors avoided the shutout when Tyler Hollis scored on a 38-yard run with 6:30 to go in the game.


Keyes leads Hubs to 63-18 victory over Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — He got it into the ignition switch and, with all that excess energy from an idle week, just took off.

Isaiah Keyes ran the football 23 times for 344 yards and scored four touchdowns and threw in a 98-yard interception return for good measure as North Hagerstown hit on all offensive cylinders, clicking in a 63-18 victory over Williamsport on Friday night.

Keyes’ total was third best in the Hubs’ record books, behind Phillip Butler’s 362. The five touchdowns ties a school record for a single game.

The 63 points allowed by Williamsport ties a record for points allowed, previously established in 2004 in a loss to Allegany.

The teams combined for 1,022 total yards. North had 486 rushing and 57 passing. Williamsport’s offense produced 324 yards on the ground and 169 through the air, but just not enough points.

Williamsport quarterback Saavon Brown, who took solid hit-after-hit all night, gave Williamsport a quick 6-0 lead on the third play of the game after the Wildcats successfully executed an onside kick.

North (3-2, 1-0) responded with two scores by Preston Carey on its next two possessions. Carey ran 66 yards for the first score, and after a change of possession, was a one-play artist from 40 yards after a punt return of 40 yards and subsequent penalty on the Wildcats.

Unfazed, Williamsport (1-4, 0-2) wasted no time on its possession when Brown hooked up with Colby Byers out on the left wing for a 69-yard run-and-catch play.

Thanks to two Wildcats, extra-point misses and Mark Grunberg’s first two of what became nine PAT kicks, North had a 14-12 lead just six minutes in.

In the second quarter Keyes did most of the damage in a drive ending when he ran 27 yards for a 21-12 lead with 5:27 to go.

Starting at their 20 after Grunberg put one of his kickoffs into the end zone, the Wildcats marched methodically into the red zone, reaching the Hubs 3 before Brown was intercepted on a quick slant pass by Keyes, who returned it the distance to open up a 28-12 lead.

Again, Williamsport responded and put points on the board when Jordan Stonebreaker raced 53 yards with 1:46 left in the half.

By then, the teams had more than 500 yards of offense combined.

North kept Williamsport off the scoreboard in the second half while doing its damage.

Keyes, showing he’s another talented player in town with his first name, scored TDs of 66,15 and 59 yards as North bolted to a 49-18 lead.

In the final quarter with a running clock, Bobby Brennan played Houdini, escaping a potential sack and finding Calvin Bembry just yards ahead in an open zone. Bembry finished off a 53-yard score.

Carey scored a third time in the waning moments of the game from the 3 after Keyes capped off his night with a 41-yard run.

North played its first game in two weeks after being idle due to a forfeit win last week.

Note: In celebration of National Guard week, both teams wore uniforms with a similar look, including color, to the Army team. The uniforms were provided by Under Armour. ... Williamsport trainer Sargeant First Class Roy Parker, who served for 20 years, was accordingly dressed and participated in the coin toss ceremonies.

Freshman Hubs hold off South for 20-18 victory

October 2, 2013---The North Hagerstown Freshman notched their first victory of the season with an exciting 20-18 victory over South Hagerstown on Wednesday evening.

South scored with 38 seconds remaining to cut the Hubs lead to 20-18, but North's Jesse Hall stopped the Rebels two-point conversion attempt short of the goal line to preserve the victory.

Elijah Gatewood scored two touchdowns and threw for 80 yards, while Noah Hamburg tallied 108 total yards and a touchdown. Jackson Clement added a two-point conversion catch.

Hall set a freshman game single record with 19 tackles, while Michael Stevens added 14 tackles in the victory.

The Freshman Hubs improve to (1-2) and will have a week off before facing Middletown on October 16.


South rolls JV Hubs, 40-20

South Hagerstown sent the North Hagerstown Hubs to their second straight loss, 40-20, on Wednesday evening at School Stadium.

The Rebels rolled up 446 yards of total offense, with 359 coming on the ground

Malik Carey led North with 78 yards rushing with a TD, while also throwing for a score. Chris Smith led the JV Hubs receivers with 57 yards receiving and a touchdown. Darian Robinson also a TD for the JV Hubs.

Cody Michael and Michael Stevens led the JV Hubs with 15 tackles each, while Kellar Covington had 10 tackles, and Corey Hart and Taylor Pantaja added eight tackles each.


Freshman Hubs fall to South, 21-8


Hubs fall just short to #23 Linganore

By BOB PARASILITI  Posted on September 20, 2013

The North Hagerstown football team was all set to go with the flow.

That’s about the time Josh Gontarek went against the tide.

Gontarek took over the final 11 minutes, starting with a 42-yard reverse on a punt return before grabbing a pair of touchdown passes on Friday to lift the Lancers to a come-from-behind 27-21 victory over the Hubs.

“That reverse punt ... that kind of took the wind out of our sails,” said North coach Dan Cunningham. “In high school football, momentum is everything.”

The Lancers (3-0) got it, starting with the return.

Linganore forced North to punt, stopping the Hubs on their opening possession of the quarter. Austin Webber received the punt at the Lancers 20-yard line and headed to the right.

Gontarek came back to the left to get the handoff and ran down the left sideline against North’s grain, going 42 yards to the Hubs 47.

“We put our defense in a bad situation,” Cunningham said. “Gontarek is a great player. I knew what he could do from coaching him this summer.”

The Lancers went to Gontarek’s specialty two plays later. Quarterback Clark Stieren took the second-and-5 snap and tossed it over North’s defense as Gontarek ran under it in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. Stieren found Justin Cooney on a swing pass out of the backfield for the conversion to tie the game at 21 with 9:38 remaining.

Linganore’s defense stuffed North on a three-and-out and got the ball back at its 48.

The Lancers powered the ball up the middle for four runs, then on a third-and-7 situation on North’s 3, Stieren found Gontarek again in the end zone, as he outjumped the Hubs’ defense for the go-ahead score and a 27-21 lead with 7:03 left.

“They powered the ball on us and then caught us with our eyes in the backfield,” Cunningham said.

The game was a battle for the first three quarters, as North overcame mistakes to grab the lead.

Starting quarterback Bobby Brennan, who replaced Nick Karlen, fumbled on the third play of the game, which was returned by Michael Pirolli for a 21-yard score and a 6-0 Linganore lead just 82 seconds into the game.

The Hubs took a 7-6 lead late in the first quarter when Brennan found Isaiah Keyes on a swing pass that he cut back for a 56-yard touchdown.

Linganore regained the lead with a 10-play drive to open the second quarter, capped by Stieren’s score from the 2 for a 13-7 lead.

North took a 14-13 halftime lead when it turned a Keyes interception into a touchdown. Colton Wilkins ran five straight times, capping the drive with a 6-yard touchdown with 5:30 left before intermission.

North extended the lead 21-13 with 5:56 to go in the third quarter when Brennan kept the ball and swept around the left side for a 29-yard score.

The game became a physical battle with both teams testing the lines.

Linganore won the yardage battle 272-221, led by Wilson with 115 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Keyes did a little bit of everything for North, rushing for 75 yards to go with his TD reception. He also recovered a fumble and had an interception on defense.

“Linganore is a good team,” Cunningham said. “They controlled the trenches in the fourth quarter. Our line got a little tired because a lot of them are going both ways. The kids battled. We are a good team ... we are getting there.”



JV Hubs fall to Boonsboro, 36-28

September 18, 2013---The Boonsboro JV Warriors jumped out to a 22-0 lead and held on for a 36-28 victory over North Hagerstown on Wednesday evening.

Malik Carey led the JV Hubs with 116 yards rushing and a touchdown and Marqui Hoffman was 10-for-17 passing, for 113 yards, and TD. Michael Stevens led the way with 50 yards receiving and Sam Cobb had three catches. Corey Hart had a receiving TD, while Cobb and Hoffman added a touchdowns on the ground.

North edged Boonsboro 337-307 in total offense, but it wasn't enough on the scoreboard.

Kellar Covington and Taylor Pantaja led the North defense with 10 tackles each, while Jesse Hall had nine tackles, Michael Stevens had eight tackles, and Cody Michael added seven in the loss.

The JV Hubs fall to (2-1) and will travel to South Hagerstown on Wednesday evening.

Freshman Hubs drop opener to Boonsboro, 20-12


#15 Urbana defeats Hubs, 40-23

HAGERSTOWN — Urbana’s victory over North Hagerstown at Mike Callas Stadium on Thursday night wasn’t a simple case of black and white.

In fact, it was almost all Gray.

Junior running back Ray Gray ran for 306 yards on 35 carries to lift the Hawks — ranked 15th in the Maryland state poll — to a 40-23 win over the Hubs.

Gray touched the ball on nearly 69 percent (35 of 51) of Urbana’s snaps and accounted for 75 percent (306 of 408 yards) of the Hawks’ offense.

Gray’s running left the Hubs feeling blue in the first half. He broke off a 36-yard run off right tackle on the first play from scrimmage to help set up Urbana’s first score, a 34-yard touchdown pass from Donovan Pannell to Pat Coffey just 1:39 into the game. On the first play of the Hawks’ next possession, he ran for 58 yards, again off right tackle.

“I think there were some jitters,” said North coach Dan Cunningham. “You get out of a routine, we were coming off a short week from playing Saturday and it just didn’t have that feel that you have on a Friday night. It took us a while to mold into what we wanted to do.”

Mark Grunberg kicked a 39-yard field goal to get North on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter, but the Hubs had trouble finding a rhythm offensively.

Nick Karlen threw behind a receiver and was picked off by Urbana’s Brandon Plante, who went 35 yards untouched down the sideline to give the Hawks a 14-3 lead.

Isaiah Keyes had runs of 14 and 15 yards and Calvin Bembry added a 14-yard run on North’s next drive, but four procedure penalties slowed the Hubs and Grunberg’s 34-yard field goal was blocked by Coffey.

Urbana capitalized, using Gray to move the ball back into North territory. From there, Pannell hooked up with Willie Schaub on a 48-yard touchdown pass to give the Hawks a 20-3 lead at the half.

The Hawks looked ready to run away with the game in the third, with Gray doing all the work. He carried five times on a five-play drive that covered 80 yards, the last play a 51-yard touchdown run that staggered the Hubs and gave Urbana a 26-3 lead.

Then Keyes made his presence felt. He needed just one play to cover 80 yards, bringing some life to the North sideline and pulling the Hubs within 26-9.

After stopping the Hawks on their next drive, Bembry found daylight for a 51-yard gain to the Urbana 2. Two plays later, quarterback Bobby Brennan punched it in and Keyes added the two-point run to make it 26-17.

Another defensive stop by North led to another big play by Keyes, who went off left tackle and to the races for an 87-yard touchdown that got the Hubs within three, 26-23. Keyes finished with 255 yards on 20 carries.

But Gray had one more big play in him, this a 54-yard run to end the third quarter that set up the first of two Pannell touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.

“We could have folded tents early in the game. I thought our kids responded coming out of halftime. They didn’t quit,” Cunningham said. “If we play the first half like we’re capable of, we’re not in that situation.”



JV Hubs smash Smithsburg, 40-0

September 10, 2013---Malik Carey had 101 total yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the North Hagerstown JV Hubs to a 40-0 victory over Smithsburg on Tuesday evening at Carroll Reid Field.

Two quarterbacks played well for the JV Hubs on Tuesday. Starter Marqui Hoffman had 53 yards passing with two TDs, while Damien Nave came in after the half to go 4-for-4, for 60 yards, and a TD.

Sam Cobb had a touchdown run, Chris Smith and Michael Stevens had TD catches, and Darian Robinson scored twice on two-point conversion runs.

Kellar Covington led the defense with eight tackles, two sacks, and two TFL's, while Jesse Hall had seven tackles, and Corey Hart had two INTs. Darren Guillaume also had an interception and Stevens had a fumble recovery.

The JV Hubs improve to (2-0, 2-0) and will face Boonsboro next Wednesday at Mike Callas Stadium.


Hubs INTs preserve victory in 20-16 win over Milford Mill

BALTIMORE — North Hagerstown intercepted five passes to preserve a 20-16 season-opening win over Milford Mill Academy on Saturday.

Isaiah Keyes highlighted the defensive performance with three interceptions — tying a school record — and returned one 92 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, breaking a 7-7 tie.

Bobby Brennan and Austin Stone also had interceptions for the Hubs, who host Urbana on Thursday.

Keyes also scored from the 4 in the first quarter, and Preston Carey bolted 58 yards in the fourth to give the Hubs a 20-14 lead.

Carey finished with 107 yards on 11 carries and Keyes had 84 yards on 23 tries. Calvin Bembry added 68 yards.


JV Hubs defeat Williamsport, 52-12

September 7, 2013---The North Hagerstown JV Hubs rolled up 427 yards of offense and eight different players scored in a 52-12 season opening victory over Williamsport on Saturday evening.

Malik Carey ran for 119 yards and a touchdown, Darian Robinson added 58 yards and two TDs, and Jesse Hall, Cody Michael, and Corey Hart each ran for a score.

Marqui Hoffman was 6-for-8, for 80 yards and a touchdown, while Hall led the JV Hubs with 50 yards receiving. Michael Stevens caught a nine-yard TD pass for North. Hoffman ran for a two-point conversion and Hall threw to Skylar Glotfelty for another in the victory.

Hart led the defense with 11 tackles, Kellar Covington had 10 tackles, and Taylor Pantaja added eight tackles. Hall had a sack and Robinson had an INT for a score.

The JV Hubs (1-0) will travel to Smithsburg on Tuesday for a 6:00 PM kickoff.


2013 Varsity Schedule

Saturday 9/7/2013 1:00 PM Milford Mill Academy Millers WON 20-14
Thursday 9/12/2013 7:00 PM Urbana Hawks #15-MD LOST 40-23
Friday 9/20/2013 7:00 PM Linganore Lancers Mike Callas Stadium
Friday 9/27/2013 6:00 PM Mergenthaler Mustangs Away
Friday 10/4/2013 7:00 PM Williamsport Wildcats Away
Friday 10/11/2013 7:00 PM Boonsboro Warriors Mike Callas Stadium
Friday 10/18/2013 7:00 PM Catoctin Cougars Away
Friday 10/25/2013 7:00 PM Smithsburg Leopards Mike Callas Stadium
Saturday 11/2/2013 12:00 PM Brunswick Railroaders Away
Friday 11/8/2013 7:00 PM South Hagerstown Rebels Mike Callas Stadium


2013 Junior Varsity Schedule

Saturday 9/7/2013 6:00 PM Williamsport JV Wildcats WON 52-12
Tuesday 9/10/2013 6:00 PM Smithsburg JV Leopards WON 40-0
Wednesday 9/18/2013 7:00 PM Boonsboro JV Warriors Mike Callas Stadium
Wednesday 9/25/2013 7:00 PM South Hagerstown JV Rebels Away
Wednesday 10/9/2013 6:00 PM Williamsport JV Wildcats Away
Wednesday 10/16/2013 7:00 PM Smithsburg JV Leopards Mike Callas Stadium
Wednesday 10/23/2013 7:00 PM Boonsboro JV Warriors Away
Wednesday 10/30/2013 7:00 PM South Hagerstown JV Rebels Mike Callas Stadium

2013 Freshman Schedule

Wednesday  9/18/2013  5:00 PM  Boonsboro Freshman  Mike Callas Stadium 
Wednesday 9/25/2013 5:00 PM South Hagerstown Freshman Away
Wednesday 10/9/2013 5:00 PM Williamsport Freshman Away
Wednesday 10/16/2013 5:00 PM Middletown Freshman Mike Callas Stadium
Wednesday 10/23/2013 5:00 PM Boonsboro Freshman Away
Wednesday 10/30/2013 5:00 PM South Hagerstown Freshman Mike Callas Stadium

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